Fashion Wanderlust

SF Fashion Incubator – Dahae Kim

April 30, 2014

Out of the 5 designers I met, Dahae Kim, a contemporary menswear designer, was my favorite.  Originally from South Korea, In 2007, Dahae received a scholarship from the CFDA and attended the Academy of Art University where she received her BFA in Menswear Fashion Design in 2009.  Two years later, Dahae was named as a best emerging designer of 2011 from the San Francisco Fashion Award.  In 2012, she taught fashion design at Raffles International College in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia. After forming her original label, D’Homme, she then applied to the San Francisco Fashion Incubator and was admitted for the 2014/15 year.  At the San Francisco Fashion Incubator, she plans to rebrand her label to the current name, aDiKtion.

aDiKtion is a contemporary menswear collection with statement pieces for the modern man.  An intertwine of the soft and hard, Dahae uses cottons, wools, and leathers as the main fabric choices to build her avant-garde garments which combines draping techniques with structured silhouettes.  Dahae plans to have aDiKtion range from everyday casual wear to semi-formal attire.

Finding beauty in chaos, Dahae draws inspiration from the darker side of things, which is why her garments so far have been in black or in dark shades of gray with asymmetrical lines and hems and complex structures.  She considers other labels such as Juun.J, Raf Simons, Iceberg, Julius_7, and Jean Phillips as her main competition.  She anticipates to sell in stores such as  Unionmade, MAC, Welcome Stranger, Alfino Boutique, and Archive and nationwide in department stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue.

One of my favorite pieces that she had on display in her office was a black vest (pictured above) that would retail at $1440 .  The vest had no enclosure, an asymmetrical distressed hem, and was unlined.  The soft leather was imprinted with pyramid studs throughout the garment.  I felt this piece reflected a lot of her current collection because of the asymmetry in the hem and the structure of the silhouette.

While in the San Francisco Fashion Incubator, Dahae will have the chance to design a spring and fall collection for 2015 under the mentorship that is provided by Macy’s.  For her upcoming spring collection, she intends to stick with her aesthetic but also to incorporate more color, particularly blood red and dark navy.

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